Weekly Space Hangout: March 16, 2022 — Nashanty Brunken and Dr. Alice Booth Discuss Their Discovery of Dimethyl Ether in a Planetary Disk

On March 8, the ESO announced in their Press Release that a team of researchers from Leiden University, The Netherlands, had detected the largest molecule to date within a planetary disc. At 9-atoms, dimethyl ether is considered a precursor of larger organic molecules that can lead to the emergence of life. Tonight we are pleased to air Fraser’s prerecorded interview with two members of the team that detected the molecule, Nashanty Brunken and Dr. Alice Booth, who will tell us more about this amazing detection. Read More

Weekly Space Hangout: May 12, 2021 — Exploring Mars with “Professional Martian” Dr. Tanya Harrison

This week we are excited to welcome “Professional Martian” Dr. Tanya Harrison to the WSH. Tanya is a respected Mars expert who worked as a geoscientist and mission operations specialist on multiple NASA Mars missions over the past 13 years, including the Opportunity, Curiosity, and Perseverance rovers, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. A thought leader in the commercial space sector from her previous role as Director of Research for Arizona State University’s NewSpace Initiative, she currently works as the Director of Science Strategy for the federal arm of the Earth observing satellite company Planet Labs. Read More